Services for Ava Freeman set for Tuesday, Wednesday (Jan. 11-12) at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. A memorial service set for Jan. 16 for Matthew Hines.

Services for Ava Freeman set for Tuesday, Wednesday (Jan. 11-12) at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. A memorial service set for Jan. 16 for Matthew Hines.

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Services for Matthew Hines, Ava Freeman. Daniel’s Funeral Home of Rome will be in charge of both services. From Daniel’s:

  • Ava Mae Freeman, age 20, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Ava was born May 26, 2001. Visitation is from 6 until 8 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. Her funeral is Wednesday is noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church.
  • Matthew Lee Hines, age 22, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Matthew was born December 10, 1999. A Memorial Service followed by visitation will be held on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2:00PM at Daniel’s Funeral Home, 901 East 2nd Avenue,Rome, Georgia.

Friends of Ava Freeman and Matthew Hines are filling Facebook with tributes to the Rome residents. Almost every note about Ava  describes how sweet she was. We’ll have additional information on Tuesday.


EARLIER

Two television stations are reporting a Sunday afternoon single-vehicle accident near Gatlinburg killed a Rome man, 22, and his 20-year-old passenger.

WBIR/Channel 10 — citing a Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary crash report — reports the driver, Matthew Hines and passenger Ava Freeman from Rome were driving north on Wiley Oakley Drive on Sunday around 1:30 p.m. when the truck ran off the road on a curve.

“The truck crashed into an earth embankment and flipped on the driver’s side, the crash report said. THP said Hines and Freeman were both pronounced dead… Neither were wearing their seatbelts.”

WATE says Wiley Oakley Drive is a winding back road that connects the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the spur with Ski Mountain Road.

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